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We want to take this opportunity to thank Timur, Clara, Anton, Erika, Mirriam, Rachel, Serge, Loyce, Maurine, Resty, and Marie Solange – the GFAN Speakers – who have shared their expertise, time, and resources and who supported efforts across the globe to advocate for a fully funded and effective Global Fund. 

We hope that everyone will join us in thanking the Speakers for their energy and willingness to support GFAN members in their advocacy, for taking leadership in their communities and regions and for sharing their personal stories and experiences over and over with new and different audiences.  Without their efforts and expertise, we do not believe that the last Global Fund replenishment would have been such a success.

As of July 1 2020 the memorandums of understanding came to end for our current Speakers and we will be starting the process of reconstituting the Speakers Bureau later this mo...


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Erika Castellanos, one of our GFAN Speakers , took some time out of her busy schedule to share with us a bit more about her work with the Global Fund, the trans community, her family and the impact of COVID-19. Thank you Erika for sharing your work and story with us.

Over the past year, I have been involved in and working on a number of activities, at different levels and in various formats, related to the Global Fund and beyond the Global Fund in HIV and TB. A part of my work consists of being involved with different decision- and grant-making bodies, where I can bring the unique lens of trans communities and ensure that we are present in conversations. However, there are still too few of us involved in these spaces.

Every time I sit around the table at Global Fund Board meetings, it is both a privilege and an enormous responsibility. I can feel the weigh...


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Please find below a number of resources you can use for World TB Day. Included in the resources are a statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev, links to Stop TB Resources, links to resources about COVID-19 and TB, and some social media tools.

Please note that given the current Global COVID-19 crisis, the language used below may be changed or adapted if needed.

Statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev on World TB Day:

The world today is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that is testing the limits of our global health infrastructure.  As the world comes to grip with this pandemic and the resulting ramifications, it is important to not lose sight of the three epidemics and the global fight that impacts the lives of millions of people around the world each and every day – and has for decades and generations. 

Today on World TB Day, lets take a look at the impact of TB, a disease that ...


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A portrait of Serge draped in the Rainbow flag at the Affirmative Action offices in Yaounde, Cameroon

Serge Douomon Yota is one of 11 Speakers that make up the GFAN Speakers Bureau .  Speakers are advocates who are committed to sharing the message to fund the Global Fund.  We believe that people who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives are the most impactful spokespeople for the Global Fund. Each month we will be showcasing a different speaker and their work. 

To see Serge’s bio and photo story visit:  https://www.globalfundadvocatesnetwork.org/campaigns/serge-douomong-yotta/

To better get to know Serge and learn more about the work he does in Cameroon and in his travels, we asked him 5 question...


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TB kills more people than any other infectious disease and is the leading killer of people living with HIV; about one in three deaths among people with HIV are due to TB.

The Global Fund provides 69% of all international financing for tuberculosis (10% of total available resources) and has disbursed US$6.6 billion for TB programs and US$2.1 for TB/ HIV programs as of June 2019. As the leading international funder of TB programs, the Global Fund is a critical partner in achieving the new targets set at the UN High-Level Meeting. 

See the results of these initiative and others in the fight against tuberculosis worldwide in the Global Fund’s Results Report 2019 .

GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev shares his insights as an HIV+ person who received lifesaving tuberculosis treatment from a Global Fund program with participants of the RESULTS International Conference. He is confident that we can...


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The Global Fund launched HER in 2018 to drive down HIV infection rates among adolescent girls and young women through partnerships with the private sector in 13 priority countries. This is just one of the programs that the Global Fund funds to promote gender equality and ensure that women and girls are able to take charge of their own health.

Working together with PEPFAR and other organizations, the Global Fund has increased our investments in adolescent girls and young women fi vefold in the 2017-2019 period, to US$200 million. The Global Fund’s matching funds program used US$55 million to mobilize an additional US$140 million for programs to reduce new HIV infections, violence, and unintended pregnancies among 1 million adolescent girls and young women in 13 hardest-hit countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

See the results of...
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